It's been a five year journey with multiple prizes won along the way but this January Pariah makes it's way to the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
The Dee Rees film explores the life of a Brooklyn teenager who juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. The film was shot on location in December 2009 over 19 days in Brooklyn, NY and is loosely based on Rees' life.
"The inspiration for the script was the fact that I was coming out myself at the time and I was having a hard time figuring out where I fit in", says Rees. There seemed to be this really binary definition of sexuality...like butch or fem. I'm not butch and I'm not fem so then I become invisible."
Watch Rees talk about Pariah here.
In an e-mail to loldarian.com Rees' notes "Pariah seeks to personalize the struggles of gay/lesbian youth of color in such a way that evokes empathy, opens doors to communication, and promotes dialogue within families."
The cast and crew has created a way for fans and LGBT film enthusiasts to support the financial aspect of Pariah at Kickstarter.com and is on track to exceed their goal. You can help out here. A portion of the proceeds will benefit NY's Ali Forney Center for LGBT youth.
Get into a previously released trailer for the 2006 film short ( the 2010 version is currently in post-production) below and be on the lookout for Pariah. Congrats to the entire cast and crew!